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  • June 16, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
  • Referee: C. Thomson
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Euro 2012 Preview: Czech Republic - Poland

Euro 2012 Preview: Czech Republic - Poland

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Both sides will approach this match knowing that a victory would seal it a place in the quarterfinals of the European Championship.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CZECH REPUBLIC

Cech
Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky
Hubschman, Plasil
Jiracek, Rosicky, Pilar
Baros
POLAND
 
Szczesny
Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch
Dudka
Blaszczykowski, Polanski, Murawski, Obraniak
Lewandowski

Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky are two serious injury doubts for Czech Republic as it hopes to confirm its place in the next round with victory over the host in Wroclaw. The Chelsea goalkeeper stated that he expects to be on the pitch when questioned on Thursday, but the Arsenal man is struggling with an Achilles problem and only played 45 minutes of the 2-1 victory over Greece.

If Rosicky is ruled out, Viktoria Plzen's Daniel Kolar could deputize in the playmaking role. Elsewhere, however, Michal Bilek should name the same side that overcame the Greeks, with Tomas Hubschman starting in front of the defense after an impressive performance in Tuesday's match.

Having completed a one-match suspension following a red card against Greece, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny is expected to reclaim his place between the post for a game Poland has to win to continue its Euro 2012 campaign.

Meanwhile, a slight doubt also hangs over the head of Ludovic Obraniak. The midfielder reacted angrily to being substituted during the 1-1 draw with Russia, but has subsequently apologized and is expected to keep his place for Saturday's clash.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Czech Republic currently occupies second place in Group A, having rallied from a bruising defeat against Russia to pick up three points against Greece. A win would assure qualification, while a tie leaves the Central Europeans hoping that Russia will deny the Greeks victory in order to avoid an early trip home.
  • The current name is the fourth title under which the Czech Republic has played since joining the international stage. The team was known as both Bohemia and Austria-Hungary before World War I, and then as a unified Czechoslovakia, which lifted the 1976 European Championship.

  • Coach Michal Bilek represented both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic during his playing career, and has been in charge of the national team since 2009.

  • The Czechs have enjoyed an impressive record at the European tournament. Since entering for the first time and finishing second to Germany in 1996, the country has qualified for every finals and also took third place in 2004.

  • Poland holds a slim advantage over Saturday's rival looking back over the history of the team's encounters. The Euro 2012 co-host has won three of the five matches played since the formation of the Czech Republic team, with no games ever ending in a draw so far.

  • The last time the two met was in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. A 2-1 win for the Poles on home soil was followed by the Czech team winning 3-2 in front of its own fans, although both missed out on the tournament held in South Africa after failing to qualify from Group 3.

  • Poland has not played in the knockout stages of a major competition for 26 years. A last-16 finish in 1986 was the last time the nation made it out of the first round, while 2012 is only the fourth tournament it has reached since that World Cup.

  • Having drawn both their previous games 1-1, Poland knows that a win will guarantee its place in the last-16. Anything else, however, will lead to elimination.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Czech Republic

Poland

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Czech Republic CZE
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Draw
Poland POL
Poland Poland
33%
18%
49%

Top 3 Predictions

Czech Republic CZE
1 - 2
Poland POL
Czech Republic CZE
2 - 1
Poland POL
Czech Republic CZE
1 - 1
Poland POL

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